Tools Featured in this Teardown

This teardown is not a repair guide. To repair your Kobo Mini, use our service manual.

Pull on the corner to remove the cover. Pull on the corner to remove the cover.
  • Pull on the corner to remove the cover.

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Remove the six screws.
  • Remove the six screws.

  • Remove the back of the device.

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Remove the four screws from the mother board.
  • Remove the four screws from the mother board.

  • Remove the screen connector and the battery connector.

  • Remove the micro SD card.

  • Remove the motherboard from the chassis.

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Remove the four screws from the screen frame. Remove the screen
  • Remove the four screws from the screen frame.

  • Remove the screen

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And we finally finished.
  • And we finally finished.

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Gabriel Bédard

Member since: 06/07/2018

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Just a quick note, I noticed that the SD card in the teardown is a 4gb one. The Kobo Mini has only 2gb of storage. There's just under 2gb of unpartitioned space. You can use a partition manager to extend out the last partition to fill the card, and get close to 4gb of space.

There's a guide over on Mobile Read: https://www.mobileread.com/forums/showth...

Stephanie Raccoon - Reply

Yes I think

Gabriel Bédard -

Thanks for the teardown! See https://www.mobileread.com/forums/showth... and https://wiki.mobileread.com/wiki/Kobo_Mi... for more disassembly advice and information about the components used.

I would be concerned about the reliability of the 4GB micro SD cards when extended to use the full unpartitioned space. While I could imagine a situation where 4GB cards were used due to unavailability of 2GB cards, there doesn’t seem to be a good reason to only format them to 2GB unless they were only guaranteed to reliably hold 2GB of data. In other words, I wonder if they were originally 4GB cards that failed some QA test and were only rated for use as 2GB capacity cards.

David Boddie - Reply

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